|27 Apr 2023
Our Cadet Unit conducted their annual field exercise in the last week of term, with more than 450 staff and cadets packing up and heading to the Singleton Military Training Area returning in time for Easter, and the school holidays.
Participating in scenario based activities, trained cadet companies worked in the context of an imagined setting where our exercise area was being utilised by the ADF to manage the flow of evacuees from local flooded areas. Cadets established vehicle check points, set up command and first aid posts and used navigation and field skills to conduct search and rescue missions as part of this exercise scenario.
Meanwhile our recruit cadet companies built on the survival and field skills they learnt during their bivouac last November to operate in a similar scenario context, building bridges, completing navigation courses, practicing radio communication skills , and participating in evacuation and relocation drills. Charlie, Delta and Echo Companies also visited the Australian Army Infantry Museum on the base in Singleton, while Year 12 cadets attended a simulated weapons firing activity also on the base.
All these activities were prepared and managed by our senior cadets, making this a unique school activity. The Cadet Leadership Team worked tirelessly to lead and guide ranked cadets in the creation of their lessons, and the conduct of the many activities they prepared. Staff support of their cadets in providing the activities and keeping to the camp schedule is appreciated. This was a genuine team effort that saw happy and exhausted cadets (and staff) return to school looking forward their holiday break.
CAPT(AAC) Sue Draysey